Rampage Jackson vs. Matt Hamill: UFC 130 Post-Fight Thoughts
Overall, the show was just OK. The main event and co-main event were not very good fights.
Rampage Jackson did enough to earn a title shot against Jon Jones, but not many will pick him to win against Jones.
Hamill said he would break Rampage's will, but in fact it was Hamil whose will was broken. Hamil was unable to take down Rampage during the fight.
It wasn't a surprise that Rick Story upset Thiago Alves. Alves has trouble with wrestlers, and Story had a great game plan. Meanwhile, the fans booed Story because they wanted to see Alves deliver a highlight-reel knockout.
Rampage was booed as well because he couldn't finish Hamill. It was smart of Rampage not to mention the boos during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
Brian Stann was impressive against Jorge Santiago. It is not a surprise that Santiago lost, as he has not been successful in the UFC and has been knocked out many times in his career.
Meanwhile, Travis Browne's Superman punch knockout of Stefan Struve was exciting. Browne needed a good win because his last fight against Cheick Kongo was rather boring.
San Francisco's Chris Cariaso fought well in his decision loss to Modesto's Michael McDonald. In my opinion, this fight could have gone either way.
Middleweight Tim Boetsch looked great in dominating Kendall Grove. It seemed like he broke Grove's will during the fight with his ability to take him down.
Perhaps the most controversial fight was that in which Demetrious Johnson's earned a decision win over Miguel Torres. This was a back-and-forth fight that could have gone either way; the judges gave it to Johnson.
Dana White was critical of Frank Mir and Roy Nelson for their performances, but I don't know what White expected from them. These are two big heavyweights and it wasn't a great match-up to begin with.
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